Itanagar, June 13, 2019:
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that none of the thirteen persons aboard the AN-32 aircraft survived the crash.
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This was confirmed by the Air Force via a tweet from its official Twitter account on Thursday. The tweet read: “The recce team of IAF reached the crash site today morning. IAF is sad to inform that there are no survivors from the crash of AN-32.”
However, the tweet seems to have been deleted and can no longer be found on the Twitter account of the site.
The Indian Air Force’s missing AN-32 aircraft was located in Payum circle of Arunachal Pradesh. After eight days of extensive search-and-rescue operations in Arunachal Pradesh, the wreckage of the missing An-32 aircraft was spotted Tuesday at a remote location in high mountains, close to the China border.
The first image of Air Force’s An-32 crash site shows debris and charred trees indicating a big fire when the plane would have gone down.
The wreckage was found in Payum Circle of Siang district. It was spotted by a Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force, at a height of around 12,000 feet.
The plane was traveling from Jorhat in Assam to a remote military landing strip in Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh when it vanished from the radar around 1 pm on June 3.
As per sources, the names of the persons who were on board the ill-fated aircraft are: Flight Lieutenant M Garg, Wing Commander Charles, Flight Lieutenant Mohanty, Flight Lieutenant Tanwar, Squadron Leader Vinod, Flight Lieutenant Thapa, Sergeant Anoop, Corporal Sharin, Warrant Officer KK Mishra, Leading Aircraft Man Pankaj, Leading Aircraft Man SK Singh, Non Combatant (Enrolled) Rajesh Kumar, and a Non Combatant (Enrolled) Putali.
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